- 1 a group of people who are elected to govern an area such as a city or county a city/town/county/borough/district council She's on the local council. a council meeting
- 2 a group of people chosen to give advice, make rules, do research, provide money, etc. the Medical Research Council see also student council
- 3 (formal) (especially in the past) a formal meeting to discuss what action to take in a particular situation The King held a council at Nottingham in mid-October 1330.
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